Conditions of the Land
By far, the most important benefit and intention of the water restoration system is the return of the small water cycle. The stopping of runoff at the higher elevations and continuing with a series of small barricades and trenches along the eroded downslopes of water courses to retain moisture that will return as soft rains to those same lands through the evapo-transpiration.
The water restoration project also gives a guide on how to achieve the maximum efficiency and effectiveness of this strategic natural resource, how to address our current water shortages and how to manage our water resources in a sustainable way so as to revitalize our river ecosystem.
The reservation and community economies will receive an immediate boost, as the project plan is to use local labor forces and materials. When the Mni plan has been fully implemented, it will provide employment for thousands of tribal members reservation-wide and, in the long term, will offer permanent positions in maintenance and training.
Collaborations & Affiliations
Mni Restoration Project will begin construction this spring (2014) with several pilot projects throughout the Cheyenne River Reservation. Mni is collaborating with Engineers Without Borders and Colorado State University to use student volunteers and professional mentors to ensure the sustainability and future success of the project.
If you would like your lands considered for water restoration with the Mni Restoration, please fill out the stakeholder letter (downloadable from the link below) requesting EWB and CSU to conduct a comprehensive technical hydrology analysis and needs assessment of your landholdings.
We have received a lot of support for our proposed project from grassroots volunteers, professionals and hydrologists, and university students. We are also applying for grants, and recently made affiliation with Village Earth, a non-profit geared towards helping disadvantaged grassroots organizations to be empowered and sustainable. We are confident moving forward and look forward to inviting volunteers from other communities to come work with us this summer and see how it’s done!